Tuna is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing real estate transactions across Europe.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Tuna was at Brookland Partners focusing on real estate debt and CMBS restructurings. Previously, Tuna worked at Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group with a focus on real estate backed transactions. During this time, he structured and executed UK and pan-European CMBS deals with total issuance in excess of €3 billion and he also focused on distribution of Lehman’s European real estate debt products.
Tuna holds an MPhil degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College.
Adam Belfer joined H.I.G. in 2007 and is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Adam is located in the Los Angeles office and is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution.
Prior to H.I.G., Adam was in the real estate leveraged finance group of Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities) in Charlotte, NC. While at Wachovia, Adam focused on the origination and execution of $6 billion in private and publicly-traded homebuilder and syndicated development financing.
Adam graduated with a B.B.A. in finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Gaëlle is a Principal of H.I.G. Capital in the London office. She is part of the Asset Management team and focuses on French and Northern European transactions.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Gaëlle was at Salamanca Group focusing on fund and investment management and transactions execution. Previously, she worked at AXA RE investing notably in hotels and medical assets. Before that, she was at Barclays Capital in the CMBS team where she managed a pan-European securitized and balance sheet loan portfolio backed by commercial properties. Gaëlle started her career in Paris at Auxiliaire de Finance as a consultant working on asset sales and advisory services.
Gaëlle is a graduate of ESLSCA Business School.
Riccardo is Managing Director and Head of H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe. He is located in H.I.G.'s London office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the European portfolio.
With over 20 years in the real estate industry, Riccardo has extensive investment and transactional experience across a number of jurisdictions in Europe. Prior to H.I.G. Capital, he was at AXA RE, where he was Head of Alternatives and Special Situations. During his time at AXA RE, he also held the position of Head of Transaction Europe and Head of Asset Management and Transactions in France. Prior to AXA RE, Riccardo worked at Grove International Partners, and before that in the JPMorgan Partners Real Estate Group in London.
Riccardo holds an MSC in Finance from Bocconi University and studied at The Wharton School of Business.
Sam Eisner is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2012, Sam has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution. He has over 10 years of experience in real estate investing. Sam is located in H.I.G.'s New York office.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Sam worked at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, an investment arm of Prudential Financial that originates first mortgage debt secured by all property types across the United States.
Sam graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics and a minor in Urban Real Estate and Development from the Wharton School.
Omar El Masri
Omar is a Director on the London Real Estate Team, where he focuses on asset backed special situation strategies across Europe. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including originating, structuring, financing and executing post-closing operational strategies. Omar has extensive experience investing across a wide range operational and traditional real estate strategies across the capital stack.
Omar joined H.I.G. from Queensgate Investments, where he was a Director focused on the acquisition, turnaround, expansion and restructuring of hotels and other asset backed operating businesses and worked on the acquisition of over EUR 2.5Bn worth of hotel and other operational real estate platforms. Prior to Queensgate, Omar was at the private family office of Christian Candy where he worked on residentially led UK structured finance and special situation opportunities. Omar started his career at Oxford Properties.
Omar holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Masters in Real Estate Investments from Cass Business School.
William "Bill" Feeser is Director of Construction for H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2009, Bill has been responsible for all major construction projects, which have included residential renovations and commercial tenant improvements, as well as other asset management responsibilities across the investment portfolio.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Bill was a Vice President of Asset Management at Onex, a publicly traded full-service Canadian real estate firm, where he was responsible for managing third-party construction of a $750mm mixed-use development in New York City. Bill has over 10 years of experience in construction and project management.
Bill holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from Widener University.
Jérôme is a Managing Director in H.I.G. Capital's London office, where he focuses on pan-European real estate investments for H.I.G. Realty Partners.
Jérôme has more than 15 years of experience in real estate private equity. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital in 2019, Jérôme worked for GIC, Colony Capital and Heitman, where he completed over +€1 billion of equity and debt investments in real estate and asset heavy platforms across Europe. His experience ranges from Core Plus to Opportunistic investments, including portfolio acquisition, distressed investments, property developments and corporate acquisitions.
Jérôme earned an M.B.A. from London Business School and undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen.
Mihai is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners in the London office. Mihai is focused on European NPLs and real estate special situations, involving all aspects of the investment process from origination and negotiation to structuring and execution. He is also responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe including France.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Realty Partners, Mihai worked for Moelis & Company, a global investment bank, where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory. Previously, Mihai was in the Corporate & Investment Banking Division of BNP Paribas in London concentrating on corporate restructurings. Mihai started his career as an auditor working for Deloitte in France.
Mihai is a graduate of EM Lyon Business School and of Paris-Sorbonne University.
Mr. Hirschberg is a Managing Director and co-head of H.I.G. Realty Partners. David has 28 years of experience in real estate and investment banking. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the Fund’s portfolio.
Before joining H.I.G., David was a Managing Partner at Coventry Real Estate Advisors, an investment fund manager that has acquired over $2.5 billion of real estate assets across the United States. Prior to Coventry, David was a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Real Estate Investment Banking Group where he advised real estate and lodging companies on IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. Previously, David was an Analyst at Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 1992.
David earned a B.S. from Lehigh University in 1989 and an M.B.A. from NYU in 1994. Mr. Hirschberg is a Council Member of the Urban Land Institute.
Richard is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London and is part of the real estate group’s structured finance investments team, with responsibility for structuring and deal execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Richard was a member of Deutsche Bank’s European commercial real estate finance team, working on real estate lending, securitisation and distressed debt transactions across Europe. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Richard qualified as a lawyer and practiced in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s private equity and real estate finance team.
Richard holds a degree in law from the University of Oxford.
Gabriele is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management for H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe.
Gabriele has been investing in European real estate for more than eighteen years, most recently as the Head of Southern Europe for the Alternative and Real Asset team of Deutsche Bank, focusing on Italy, Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of real estate assets across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies. Gabriele began his career in real estate investment banking at JPMorgan Chase based in London.
Gabriele holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Michael Mestel is a Managing Director and Co-Head of H.I.G.’s U.S. real estate debt fund. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York City office and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, negotiation, structuring and closing of deals throughout the United States. Michael brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience to H.I.G.
Before joining H.I.G., Michael was a Principal at USAA (Square Mile Capital Management), where he was Head of West Coast Origination. Prior to USAA, Michael served as a Director in the Real Estate Finance group at Citigroup where he was responsible for originating, negotiating and structuring fixed and floating rate loans in the Northeast and West Coast of the U.S. Prior to that, Michael was a Vice President at Rialto Capital Management where he was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of distressed real estate and distressed loans.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Daniel is a Managing Director based in H.I.G. Capital’s Rio de Janeiro office. He is responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Latin America and has more than 12 years of experience in the Brazilian real estate market.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Daniel was a partner of GP Investments Real Estate, where he was responsible for commercial real estate investments. Earlier in his career, he worked for 4 years at Cushman & Wakefield as a Director. Daniel has led almost 20 Real Estate transactions in Brazil which totaled more than R$ 2 billion.
Daniel earned an M.B.A. from INSPER and is also a graduate of the Universidade Paulista with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering. Born in Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Max is a Principal based in Milan with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Italy and Germany.
Max has been working on European real estate for twenty years, seventeen of which as a Principal in various private equity real estate institutions. Most recently, Max was responsible for the Italian office for Goldman Sachs Real Estate Merchant Banking Asset Management, where he was responsible for the sourcing and management of a variety of real estate assets and investment strategies. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Max worked for Warburg Pincus and Apollo Real Estate Advisors. Max started his career in JPMorgan Real Estate Investment Banking.
Max holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Rick is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital with over twenty-five years of private equity and M&A experience. In his current position, along with Co-President Brian Schwartz, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Since joining H.I.G. in 1998, he has been involved in all aspects of the investment process; and has held leadership positions in several of the firm's funds. Located in the Miami office, Rick currently serves on the Board of numerous H.I.G. Capital portfolio companies. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, business services, specialty chemicals, and niche manufacturing.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Rick worked at General Electric Company and GE Capital. As part of their Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions teams, he coordinated a variety of strategic acquisitions in the financial services, plastics, medical systems, electronics, and aerospace industries. Before joining the M&A group, Rick was a member of the GE Corporate Finance Staff, where he helped design and implement improved business strategies and operating processes for GE Capital business units.
Rick received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tareck is a Managing Director in the London office, with responsibility for European real estate debt investments.
Prior to joining H.I.G., he was head of commercial real estate debt investments for EMEA at PIMCO, focusing on private transactions. He previously held senior positions at Societe Generale and RBS, both on the public side, in the asset-backed trading team, and on the private side, as head of European CMBS structuring.
He has 22 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a master's degree in finance from the London School of Economics. He also has a statistics degree from ENSAE and an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique.
Esteban Caja Samboal
Esteban is a Principal with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Spain and Portugal.
Esteban has been investing in European real estate for more than twelve years, most recently as a Principal at Aermont Capital, focusing on Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of a variety of real estate asset classes and investment strategies. Prior to Aermont (previously Perella Weinberg Real Estate), Esteban worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland´s Structure Property Finance Team, and before that in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers in London. Esteban started his career at McKinsey & Company in Madrid.
Esteban holds an M.B.A. degree from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from University Carlos III of Madrid.
Halvor is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in the Nordics.
Prior to H.I.G., Halvor spent eight years at Tristan Capital Partners, working on investments, asset management and disposals across the Nordics and the U.K. His projects included larger redevelopments, urban revitalisation, office, retail, logistics & light industrial. He has also worked for CBRE in Oslo, Norway in capital markets, corporate advisory and valuation and Savills in London, U.K.
Halvor holds a MPhil in Real Estate Finance from University of Cambridge and a BSc in Business Studies from Lancaster University.
Dario is a Director in the Europe Real Estate Team and is based in the Milan office, where he focuses on Asset Management in Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece). Dario has 10 years of experience in real estate markets, specializing in value added and opportunistic investments. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was with Prelios SGR S.p.A. focusing on fund and asset management for core plus and value added investments.
Previously, he was a Senior Asset and Investment Manager at Redbrick Investment Group. Before that, he was a Fund Manager in Generali Real Estate SGR where he managed two value added funds with a focus on residential and office refurbishments and developments.
Dario holds a MSC in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari and an executive master in Real Estate from SDA Bocconi.
Brian is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the firm in 1994. In his current position, along with Co-President Rick Rosen, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Prior to this role, Brian held a number of leadership positions at the firm, as well as having led the acquisition of over 25 platform investments in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Brian worked in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. His responsibilities included managing strategic acquisitions for PepsiCo and evaluating new business opportunities. Brian began his career with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read and Co. where he split his time between the corporate finance group and the private equity funds, Saratoga Partners and Yorktown Partners.
Brian earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
Steve is a Managing Director and Co-Head of H.I.G.’s U.S. real estate debt fund. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York City office and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, underwriting, structuring, closing and oversight of the portfolio. Steve brings over 30 years of commercial real estate experience to H.I.G., having served in multiple capacities and various leadership roles in the industry.
Before joining H.I.G., Steve was a partner at Torchlight Investors, a leading commercial real estate debt investor, where he served on its Board of Directors and its Investment and Operating Committees. Prior to Torchlight, Steve spent almost 20 years at JP Morgan where he ran their CMBS and Commercial Real Estate groups. Steve serves on a National Council of the Urban Land Institute, the Investor Council for the Mortgage Bankers Association and on the New York University Stern Real Estate Advisory Board.
Steve obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University School of Management and an M.B.A. from the New York University Stern School of Business, graduating with distinction.
Ken Senior is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He has 17 years of experience in real estate investing across all property types. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York office and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, structuring, financing, and post-closing execution.
Before joining H.I.G., Ken worked in the acquisitions group with Sterling American Property, a New York-based, value-add, real estate fund focused on opportunistic and value-add real estate investments throughout the United States. Prior to Sterling, he worked at Insignia/ESG (now CBRE) where he focused on large-scale commercial leasing assignments in New York City, representing both tenants and landlords.
Ken received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
James Smith is a Principal based in H.I.G.’s London office. He works within the real estate asset management team, and specialises in U.K. and European real estate.
James’s career spans more than 20 years, having held senior positions in private equity and real estate investment businesses, covering all aspects of asset management, property development, acquisitions and disposals. Prior to working with H.I.G. he was an Executive Director and European Head of Asset Management for specialist retail investor and developer Thor Equities, where he oversaw the €2 billion European portfolio. Before Thor Equities, James was responsible for the M&A team of Atrium European Real Estate, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals throughout the European portfolio of €3 billion. Earlier in his career, James worked for Goodman and Europa Capital in various transaction and asset management roles.
James holds a BSc (Hons) in Urban Property Surveying from Northumbria University.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.
Daniel is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is based in H.I.G.'s New York office and is responsible for all key aspects of the investment process, including origination, negotiation, closing and asset management of commercial real estate debt investments throughout the United States.
Daniel has nearly 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to H.I.G., Daniel was a Director at CarVal Investors where he was responsible for originating, negotiating, and closing commercial real estate loans, including senior and mezzanine positions. Before that, he was a Vice President at Mesa West Capital. Daniel began his career at Torchlight Investors in the Special Servicing group where he oversaw workouts of distressed loans and REO assets.
Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University.
Stelios is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He has more than fifteen years of real estate principal investment experience, employing both equity and credit opportunistic strategies across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes across Europe. His experience includes distressed acquisitions (e.g. NPLs and REOs), operating platforms, corporate restructurings, portfolio break-ups, property developments and forward acquisitions.
Prior to H.I.G., Stelios was a Director with Deutsche Bank’s European credit structuring & trading teams and a senior originator in the real estate direct lending business with a focus on special situations. Prior to that, he was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Alternative & Real Assets opportunistic investment team based in London.
Stelios holds an undergraduate degree in Operational Research & Marketing from Athens University of Economics & Business and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Naveen Vennam is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2007, Naveen has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution. He has over ten years of experience in real estate private equity investing. Naveen is located in H.I.G.'s New York office.
Before joining H.I.G., Naveen was based in California with Holualoa Companies, a private investment firm focused on opportunistic and distressed real estate investments across the United States and Europe. While at Holualoa, he led numerous European investments and was involved in the acquisition and asset management of various real estate assets throughout the U.S.
Naveen graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Ira Weidhorn is a Managing Director and co-head of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Ira has twenty-one years of experience in real estate investing across all property types. He is located in H.I.G.'s New York office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and the oversight of the portfolio.
Before joining H.I.G., Ira was a Managing Principal and head of the New York office for Lubert-Adler where he was responsible for new acquisitions and asset management. Previously, he was a Principal in Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners and an Associate at Goldman Sachs, working in acquisitions for the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds.
Ira earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Chris Zlatarev is Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and is responsible for originating and structuring real estate investments across Europe.
Chris has over 15 years of principal investing experience across value-add, opportunistic, special situation and credit real estate strategies and has led both equity and debt transactions for H.I.G. across multiple real estate sectors and geographies. Previously, Chris was a Partner at Kildare Partners and also held investment roles at Varde Partners and AIG Global Real Estate.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Drexel University.